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On Monday 14 July at 7pm Shetland Arts will present Auld Enemies, a transnational collaborative poetry event, in Mareel’s Green Room. The event will see poets work in rolling pairs to produce original works for readings across the breadth of Scotland.

Each event across Scotland features numerous pairs of writers from the region who present brand new poetry collaborations. The featured poets at the Shetland event will be: Ross Sutherland, Nick-e Melville, Colin Herd, SJ Fowler, Ryan Van Winkle, Nat Hall, James Sinclair, Donald Murray, Laura Jayne Friedlander, and many more.

Shetland Arts’ Literature Development Officer Donald Anderson said: “Auld Enemies is a groundbreaking exploration of contemporary Scottish poetics through collaboration. It is fundamentally about the creation of new collaborative works and the integration of differing poetic communities. We are hoping to see a good turnout for this free event at Mareel, but advise that anyone wishing to come along books early via Shetland Box Office because space is limited."

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Auld Enemies will embark on a six date tour around Scotland, taking in Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Lerwick, and finishing with Kirkwall. It will conclude with an event in London at the Rich Mix Arts Centre on 26 July, which will feature many of the works from the tour, new collaborations and a documentary about Auld Enemies.

The event is free to attend but early booking is recommended because space is limited. Booking is via Shetland Box Office at Mareel and/or Islesburgh, over the phone on 01595 745 555, or online at and/or

Auld Enemies is a Scottish Enemies project made possible by working with a series of organisational partners including Creative Scotland, the Scottish Poetry Library, Literary Dundee, Summerhall, the Orkney Islands Council, Northlink Ferries, and Shetland Arts.

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